Life's a Pitch

Life's a Pitch

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.


Man City to miss out on the top four?  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross (Mirror) and Dominic Fifield (Guardian) to discuss Man City’s woeful display at Goodison Park, player loyalty, the lure of the Chinese Super League, and whether Tottenham and Liverpool can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.

United v Liverpool: Chelsea's two closest challengers for the title?  

Adrian Clarke (Arsenal TV) and Tom Hopkinson (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho's meeting with Klopp this Sunday and whether these two sides are the most likely to challenge Chelsea for the title - as well as all other goings on at the top and bottom of the Premier League.

Will Man Utd win the FA Cup again?  

​Jonathan Northcroft (Times) and Tony Evans (Standard) join Mike Calvin to discuss the big games from the FA Cup third round. Will Mourinho focus on defending it for United? Is it Liverpool’s year with Klopp at the helm, or is it a season for the minnows?

Premier League mid-season review  

The Football Writers team have a look at the season so far, assessing how all sides in the Premier League have performed up until Christmas, who’s over-performing, which managers are in trouble and who needs what in January.

Have Arsenal’s wheels fallen off sooner than usual?  

Jonathan Northcroft (Telegraph) and Tony Evans (Evening Standard) join Mike Calvin to discuss Arsenal’s recent dip in form, Chelsea’s unbeaten run and all other goings on at the top and bottom of the Premier League table

Is this Arsenal’s year to beat Bayern?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Tom Collomosse (Standard) to discuss the Champions League and Europa League draws and what lies ahead for the 5 English teams still in Europe, as well as analysis of last weekend’s football and a look ahead to an action packed week with 20 Premier League matches.

Chelsea collapse shows Guardiola’s Man City are far from flawless  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and Adrian Clarke to round up the biggest football stories from the weekend, including Man City’s collapse against Chelsea, Man United’s inability to close out matches, Leicester’s relegation fears and whether Liverpool’s defence is strong enough to make them genuine title challengers.

Are Chelsea now title favourites?  

Miguel Delaney (Sunday Independent) and Darren Lewis (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Chelsea’s fantastic form under Conte, whether Man City and Liverpool are their only title rivals and more issues for Mourinho and Man Utd – with live questions from users on the BT Sport Facebook page.

Can Spurs bury memories of Battle of Stamford Bridge?  

Martin Lipton (Sun) and Jim Holden (Sunday Express) join Mike Calvin to discuss Tottenham’s return to Stamford Bridge, following the capitulation in May that ended their Premier League title bid.

Mourinho vs Wenger – Who comes out on top?  

Jonathan Northcroft (Sunday Times) and Tom Hopkinson (The People) join Mike Calvin to discuss the animosity between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger and whose team is faring better going into their match this weekend. The panel also discuss Conte’s impressive start to life at Chelsea, and what Liverpool need to bring in in January.

England v Scotland: Career defining for both managers?  

Tony Evans (Evening Standard) and Adrian Clarke ( join Mike Calvin to discuss England’s match against Scotland, the futures of both teams’ managers and all the goings on at both ends of the Premier League.

Is this the biggest ever North London derby?  

Tom Hopkinson (The People) and David Walker (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss wherever this week’s North London derby will showcase this season’s champions, a massive game for City against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, Mourinho’s struggles at United and a potential transfer for Wayne Rooney to Everton.

Is the Mourinho era over?  

Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Darren Lewis (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho’s vast issues at Manchester United, problems for Pep at City and recent resurgences for Chelsea and Liverpool.

Can Pep take down Barcelona?  

John Cross and Adrian Clarke join Mike Calvin to discuss a huge match for City and Pep in the Champions League, Walcott’s new-found form at Arsenal, and Spurs’ chances of winning the title.

Will Klopp’s Liverpool maintain their title challenge for the whole season?  

Jonathan Northcroft and Tony Evans join Mike Calvin to discuss Klopp’s new training regime at Liverpool, what the future holds for Danny Sturridge and Jordan Henderson and the crisis unfolding around Wayne Rooney and Man Utd. Plus all the biggest talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Is it important that England stick with an English manager?  

Darren Lewis and Tom Collomosse join Mike Calvin to discuss Gareth Southgate and the future of the England national team – as well as all the Premier League action from the weekend, including Mourinho’s outdated tactics, the Pogba problem and Pochettino’s growing dynasty at Tottenham.

Are Manchester City approaching the perfect squad?  

Dom Fifield and Tom Hopkinson join Mike Calvin to discuss what the future holds for Wayne Rooney, City’s 10/10 start under Pep and Chelsea’s defensive and midfield struggles.

Is it time for Mourinho to drop Rooney?  

Miguel Delaney and John Cross join Mike Calvin to discuss Manchester United’s recent downturn in form under Jose Mourinho, whether Liverpool are genuine title contenders and BT Sport’s live televised Premier League game this weekend between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Are any British clubs good enough to win Champions League this year?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Jim Holden of the Daily Express and Tony Evans from the evening Standard to discuss Champions League and Europe League games for Britain’s top clubs this week and look ahead to the weekend’s Premier League action.

The Manchester Derby: Who is in better shape going in?  

The Sunday Mirror's Tom Hopkinson and Adrian Clarke of Arsenal TV join Mike Calvin to discuss which of the Manchester teams have had better starts to the season, Chelsea's resurgence under Conte and how England faired in their first match under Sam Allardyce.

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